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Briarfield knocks off Tallulah Academy

Briarfield Academy might have served notice Friday night that there’s a new power rising in the MAIS eight-man football division.

Quarterback Holt Martin threw for 208 yards and five touchdowns, and ran for 227 yards and three more scores, as Briarfield Academy beat two-time defending state champion Tallulah Academy 58-18.

Martin accounted for 435 of Briarfield’s 440 yards of total offense. Four of his touchdown passes went to Daniel Frasier, who caught six passes for 159 yards. Grayson Parker had the other touchdown reception for the Rebels, who led 34-6 at halftime.

Martin’s rushing touchdowns included ones covering 81 and 89 yards. He also scored twice on two-point conversion runs.

Parker Kivett completed 9 of 11 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns for Tallulah Academy, and Joshua Collins rushed for 136 yards and a TD.

Tallulah (3-3, 0-2 District E-2) lost its third consecutive game and is in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since joining the eight-man division in 2014.

Briarfield (4-1, 2-0), meanwhile, kept pace with Riverdale (4-1, 3-0) in the District 2-E championship race by winning its second district game in a row. Briarfield’s last five games are all within the district.